#MoreThanAWord: reflect and learn this National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) runs from Thursday 27 May to Thursday 3 June, and commemorates two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey – the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. It’s a chance for all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and to grow as a nation.
The 2021 theme – More than a word. Reconciliation takes action – urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians. Everyone has a role to play in creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the broader community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
What’s happening for NRW 2021
This NRW, there’s a number of ways you can contribute to meaningful change for the future and build stronger intercultural relationships. Here’s what’s on:
- Grounded in flux – an exhibition at the Deakin University Art Gallery celebrating the research strengths and community engagement of the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute. NIKERI is a leader in the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People through Deakin’s unique community-based learning model. The exhibition runs until Friday 11 June and entry is free.
- Inclusive Education Community of Practice Event: Effective Allyship – a yarn and Q&A facilitated by Gunditjmara man Tom Molyneux, Deakin’s Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator, and Narungga woman Deb Milera, Indigenous Inclusion Officer, that will ask participants to reflect on how they can move from words to action in their support of First Nations Peoples.
When: Thursday 3 June, 1–2pm on Zoom
- New water fountains featuring Wadawurrung artwork
Water fountains featuring artworks by Wadawurrung artists Corrina Eccles and Billy-Jay O’Toole have been installed across the Geelong campuses in collaboration with Barwon Water. We encourage you to make time to find the six different artworks that tell stories of Wadawurrung Country.
In the community
- Virtual Indigenous Film Festival – a collection of award-winning Australian films will screen throughout NRW, followed by live Q&As with filmmakers, community leaders and academics.
To mark NRW, we’re giving away five all-access festival passes!* To go in the draw, email us at [email protected] by 5pm, Thursday 27 May and tell us how you’re celebrating Reconciliation Week. You can include an photo if you wish. The five best entries win! Your entry must come from your Deakin email address.
- Jessie Lloyd’s ‘Mission Songs Project’ – Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving and important show reveals what daily life was like for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements.
When: Tickets still available to 3.30pm matinee on Saturday 29 May
Where: Geelong Arts Centre
- Reconciliation in the Park – Johnstone Park, Geelong
When: Sunday 30 May, 10am – 3pm
- Reconciliation Projections Geelong – running 6–11pm each night until Sunday 6 June.
You can also attend a NRW event – find out what public events are happening in your area or get proactive and add your own event!
Deakin values inclusion and diversity, embraces difference, and seeks to nurture a connected, safe and respectful community. Learn more on the Diversity and Inclusion web page.
*Terms and conditions
The promoter of this competition is Deakin University ABN 56 721 584 203 of 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong VIC 3220
- Information on how to enter forms part of these Terms and Conditions. By entering, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and entries must comply with these Terms and Conditions to be valid.
- This competition is governed by the laws in force in the state of Victoria, Australia.
The competition is free to enter and is open to current Deakin staff and students from all Deakin campuses.
The competition period for all campuses is from Monday 17 May to Thursday 27 May 2021.
There will be a prize pool of five all-access passes to the Virtual Indigenous Film Festival, valued at US$19.99 each. The total value of the prize pool is US$100.
How to enter
- To enter, entrants must email [email protected] from their Deakin email address and tell us how they are celebrating National Reconciliation Week 2021. Entrants may also submit a photo with their entry (optional). Entrants may submit multiple entries, but only one prize is available per entrant.
Selection and notification of winner
- Winners will be selected from the submissions and announced by Thursday 27 May 2021.
- Winners will be notified by email. Winning submissions will be posted to the Diversity and Inclusion news site.
- If the winner does not respond to claim the prize within seven days of contact from Deakin University, the winner forfeits the prize and another entry will be chosen. This process may continue until the prize is awarded.
- Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. Deakin’s decision is final and binding – no correspondence will be entered into. Deakin accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected entries or other communications. Entries will be deemed void if forged, manipulated or tampered with in any way.
- Entrants consent to Deakin using their submission, name, image or voice for promotional purposes. Entrants agree to make themselves available for a photograph and interview in the event that theirs is the winning entry and if requested by Deakin.
- Winners consent to their name and photograph being published on Deakin University social media and other digital channels if requested to in any and all forms as determined by Diversity and Inclusion.
Privacy collection, use and disclosure statement
Personal Information provided to Deakin University by entrants will be used to notify the winner of the competition.
Deakin University complies with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) in its treatment of personal information. Entrants have a right to access their personal information held by the University. Requests for access to personal information are managed under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Vic).